The big question about 2024 is whether or not Donald Trump decides to run again. Plenty of NeverTrumpers will say they left the Republican Party because it was taken over by Trumpers and then claim they stand for principled conservatism while urging everyone to join them in voting for Joe Biden and then cheering him on despite his disastrous polling. Even McMullin is making noises about running again, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are both testing the waters, but The Atlantic seems to think everybody’s overlooking someone: former congressman Will Hurd.
In a piece headlined, “The Revenge of the Normal Republicans,” The Atlantic makes the case for Hurd. Or more precisely, Hurd makes the case for himself to The Atlantic.
"The overwhelming majority of conservative people in this country…are not watching Fox News every night or imbibing conspiracy theories online. 'But now they’re getting fed up. They are tired of everybody. They are ready for something different.'”https://t.co/EyNFpsz4LR
— Will Hurd (@WillHurd) March 28, 2022
Evan McMullen tried doing this in 2016.
Now voters are wise to this kind of act. https://t.co/H7LrIURvD3
— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) March 28, 2022
You're not going to read this, but I always liked you as a Congressman and speaker, so I say this in charity: It may be that what you're selling was never going to sell, but assuming you have a mass market already is a bad approach to product rollout. https://t.co/5r0bQjRfBY
— (((Not That Crown, Maybe))) (@CrownMaybe) March 28, 2022
There are thousands of mental health professionals in this country who can help you with whatever malady you have that makes you think you are a viable candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. https://t.co/Qly5dUoEcI
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) March 28, 2022
"Let's find a normal Republican!"
"You mean one who agrees with us liberals and poses no threat to our dominance?"
"Well, normally I would suggest a dead Republican, but i guess Will Hurd will do!" https://t.co/okqM8yGg8C
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) March 28, 2022
"The overwhelming majority of conservative people in this country…."…. have zero idea who you are.
The epitome of getting high off your own supply of hopium https://t.co/CqYvT8tsm1
— kc2fargo (@kc2fargo) March 28, 2022
I would love to know what substances this guy is smoking for him to believe he has a chance at a Republican nomination. Heck, he wouldn't have had a chance in 2012 either. https://t.co/5uECKzdIJW
— Aidan Griffin (@Atg8_) March 28, 2022
Have fun polling at "Who?" and pulling out months before Iowa. https://t.co/jvFqBKIxXJ
— Lassie, like Merrick, risen from the ashes (@3rdstringlassie) March 28, 2022
— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) March 28, 2022
Please do this, real conservatives. https://t.co/GRb2PRQTS6
— Yogi (@Jellystone_Park) March 28, 2022
Everybody’s invited to run in the Republican primary — let’s see if Hurd can win over the “normal” Republicans.
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The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta is not owned, you guys:
Funny that so many, who’ve been so wrong, continue to be so certain!
You’d think we’d show some humility in at least entertaining the notion that domestic dysfunction + international turmoil can produce unconventional candidates w/ shockingly broad appealhttps://t.co/5L0V8Dg1P7
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) March 28, 2022
That's right: the savants who never saw Obama coming, who gave Trump no shot, who used Ron Paul & Bernie Sanders & Andrew Yang as punch lines, who missed Brexit & Macron & AMLO, who thought Zelensky was just a pretty face… know for sure who can and can't catch fire in 2024. https://t.co/d08EUPKde7
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) March 28, 2022
As the guy who saw Obama coming and knew Biden would be the nominee this time around, I’m telling you Hurd is not the guy.
You’re embarrassing yourself. https://t.co/btZlPkRuaa
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 28, 2022
How do you reconcile the idea of this guy having "shockingly broad appeal" with the fact that the guy who replaced him won by like 50x the margin he did
— bdodgy (@bdodgy3) March 28, 2022
You can have him Tim.
— Sweens …Just nod if you can hear me… (@sweeneysjrs) March 28, 2022
haven't read your article but inventing an imaginary Wrong-About-Everything guy and attributing criticism to him is usually the last refuge of the owned, sorry
— walter von shambibble, rosen replier (@shambibble) March 28, 2022
This is embarrassing.
— Saulo Londoño (@SauloLondono) March 28, 2022
‘Those close to’ Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger expect at least one of them to launch a presidential bid https://t.co/NdBjkVsgnU
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 15, 2022